One of the most enduring bonds in nature is that between a mother and child, and this is even more so in the case of herbivores. However, this is not to take away from predator mothers, but that is a topic for another story.

The Special Bond...

The Special Bond…

Herbivore mothers put themselves at risk during their pregnancy, as being pregnant slows down their reflexes and makes them more vulnerable to predators. After they give birth, they are even at a higher risk as they have to now look after and protect their offspring.  However, nature has its own unique way of minimizing the risk. Do you know that herbivore young are born fully formed and can start walking almost from the time of birth? Contrast this with predator young that are born blind!

One of the most fulfilling experiences in Kabini is observing the interaction between mothers and their young. Now a herd of deer is usually ignored by most of us as they are, luckily, quite plentiful in Kabini. The next time you spot a herd which has young in it, I suggest that you stop and watch them for a while. I would suggest the Sambar, for no particular reason except for the fact that as they are not seen as often as the Chital, the naturalist will surely stop the jeep.

Sambar deer at Kabini

A Sambar Mother with Her Fawn…

You will not be disappointed.